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Heroin Abuse In Washington
4:58 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Heroin Abuse Is Rising, Even As Prescription Drug Abuse Declines

Heroin abuse in Washington is rising.
richiec Wikimedia Commons

Not as many people are dying from prescription drug overdoses in Washington, but heroin abuse appears to be spiking higher. Those figures come from an annual report on drug abuse in the state. Researchers studied death reports, police reports, help-line phone calls and treatment records. And the picture this year shows heroin is making a comeback. Use of the drug peaked in the 90s, but since then it's been mostly confined to aging drug-addicts.

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Washington Cold Case Suspect Found
4:03 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Chehalis Cold Case Suspect Awaits Extradition From Alaska

An Alaska man accused of murdering an elderly Chehalis couple in 1985 is awaiting extradition to Lewis County, Wash. Police say the arrest of Rick Riffe of King Salmon, Alaska, closes a cold case investigation that spans 26 years.

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Oregon Wildfire
3:50 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Longdraw Fire Grows Tenfold Since Tuesday

Fire officials are reporting that a wildfire burning in the southeast corner of Oregon has grown to nearly 300,000 acres. That's about 10 times larger than it was Tuesday. Crews had built fire lines on three sides, only to have that work undone with a burst of erratic winds. Temperatures in the area have hovered around 100 degrees and are expected to continue through the rest of the week.

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Lucky Friday Mine
6:03 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Family Of Killed Miner Says Company’s Decision Caused Collapse

Larry Marek, pictured about a week before he was killed by a cave-in at the Lucky Friday Mine in Mullan, Idaho.
Photo courtesy Hayley Marek

Later this month, the Lucky Friday Mine in north Idaho will begin rehiring workers. It closed seven months ago for federally mandated safety improvements. Inspectors took a sharper look at the mine after a series of tragic accidents last year. Now, as the mine prepares to re-open, the family of one dead miner is speaking out for the first time. The family of Larry Marek told correspondent Jessica Robinson they believe the company still hasn’t taken responsibility for what happened.

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Lucky Friday Mine
5:59 am
Wed July 11, 2012

Miner’s Family Wants Company To Take Responsibility For Death

The family of a miner who was killed last year in Idaho’s Silver Valley is speaking out for the first time. In interviews with public radio, the family of Larry Marek says the the mine’s owner, Hecla Mining, hasn’t taken responsibility for its role in the tragedy. Correspondent Jessica Robinson has more.

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Oregon Foreclosure Mediation Law
5:19 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

New Mediation Law Could Help Struggling Homeowners

A new law will allow struggling homeowners to sit down with their lender to work out an agreement.
Jeffery Turner Flickr

Oregonians facing foreclosure will soon have another tool to stay in their house. A law that takes effect Wednesday allows struggling homeowners the chance to look their lender in the eye.

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Toxic Shellfish In Puget Sound
4:38 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Three Bays In Puget Sound Closed Due To Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning Toxin

Three Puget Sound bays were closed to shellfish harvest because of unsafe toxin levels.
Sean A. Lotz Wikimedia Commons

Seasonal blooms of toxic marine algae are causing shellfish bed closures in Washington. But this isn’t your usual “red tide” algae.

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Eastern Oregon Fires
3:55 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Firefighters Are Hard At Work In Eastern Oregon

In Eastern Oregon Tuesday, fire engines, hand crews and materials continued to pour in from across the region, as fire managers worked to contain a number of blazes sparked by recent lightning storms.

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Coal Terminal
6:34 am
Tue July 10, 2012

Columbia River Towns May Team Up To Export Coal - Part 2

We brought you the story of the Northwest’s only coal export proposal that would rely on two different ports on the Columbia River, with a profile of the Eastern Oregon town of Boardman, where coal would be be delivered by train and loaded onto Columbia River barges. Now, EarthFix reporter Cassandra Profita takes a look at a port near Clatskanie Oregon, where that coal would be transferred to ocean-going ships for delivery to Asia.

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Rossi Returns To Senate
5:41 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Dino Rossi Back In Washington State Senate

Dino Rossi will fill the Washington State Senate seat vacated by Cheryl Pflug.
Northwest News Network

Dino Rossi is back in the Washington State Senate. The King County Council picked him Monday to fill a vacancy.

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